Repeal Day: the day we celebrate you doing a really horrible job with those oranges on your first try. Wait... or is it the anniversary of Prohibition's end? Either way, on Friday a ton of bars are doing some crazy-super-cheap drinks in its honor, including these eight spots where you can get tipples for $1 or less (holy CRAP one of them has a five-cent cocktail). Oh also, we've included a little Prohibition factoid with each, so you can sound super historically informed and stuff.
The Deal: Your first Old Fashioned is five cents (yes, FIVE CENTS), and then $5 for subsequent ones, starting at noon
What you're gonna tell the Great Granddaughter Old Forrester's founder, who'll actually also be hanging out at the bar: "One: your Great Granddad was awesome. Two, did you know that the pre-Prohibition Old Fashioned was made with Old Forrester? Three: actually you probably did know that, huh?"
The Deal: From 5-7pm, an Old Fashioned is just a buck
What you're gonna tell the "starlet" next to you who borrowed a feather from the costume shop on the lot where she PAs: "During Prohibition, you could still legally buy alcohol from doctors. Also, that is not a stethoscope in my pocket. Where are you going?"
The Deal: An Old Fashioned is $1 from 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the bearded dude sitting next to you at the bar: "Dude, wanna hate the KKK even more? They actually LIKED Prohibition. What dicks!"
The Deal: $1 Old Fashioneds from, you guessed it, 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the bartender after you tell him how excellent his suspenders are: "Booze cruises actually started during Prohibition: you'd get into international waters and then it'd be a total free for all."
The Deal: A Tequila Press, with jalapeño-infused Sino tequila, is just $1 from 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the dude who feels bad about gentrification even though he's living it, like, right now: "The term 'speakeasy' allegedly comes from the phrase bartenders used to use to tell patrons to quiet down so no Prohibition rule-followers would hear them order."
The Deal: An Old Fashioned, one George Washington, 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the girl you just saw window shopping at American Apparel like 10mins ago: "Some rum-runners got their booze to the US from Canada by driving across the frozen Great Lakes. Also, that is not a stethoscope in my pocket. Where are you going?"
The Deal: Old Fashioneds, $1, 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the guy who, for some reason, is ordering a bottled cocktail even though they're normal price: "There are a lot of rumors that John F. Kennedy's dad was a bootlegger, since he owned the company that had exclusive rights to distribute Dewar's as soon as Prohibition ended. History, amirite?"
The Deal: The pisco-based Kapple Pie, and yes, Old Fashioneds, $1, 5-7pm
What you're gonna tell the guy who "just decided to stop in on his way to the Eastside because, man, this traffic is terrible, ya know?": "It was actually tradition to have a nonalcoholic drink first during Prohibition, to remember those who couldn't drink. Silly, silly tradition."
1. Melrose Umbrella Company7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
2. Harlowe7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
3. Bigfoot Lodge3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Oldfield's Liquor Room10899 Venice, Culver City
5. La Cuevita5922 N Figueroa, Los Angeles
6. The Thirsty Crow2939 W Sunset, Los Angeles
7. Sassafras Saloon1233 Vine St, Los Angeles
8. Bigfoot West10939 Venice Blvd, Culver City
If you're looking for creative cocktails with a speakeasy vibe, then you've arrived at your destination: Melrose Umbrella Company. This buzzy, den-like cocktail bar in West Hollywood specializes in herbaceous iterations of old-school libations. During the day, it turns its focus to coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.
This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.
This hub's got a rustic-inspired cocktail menu with a more hipster crowd and great tunes.
Oldfield's is a throwback cocktail bar that looks sort of like the apothecary that you used to visit when you were young and adept at traveling back in time to the early 20th century, with tiled floors, antique wood tables/chairs, and a massive wood bar flown in from Wisconsin, all from the semi-pro car racing guy behind Thirsty Crow/Bigfoot Lodge, who named the space after the first race car driver to hit 60mph.
La Cuevita, located in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood, is a tequila & mezcal joint decked out in vintage Mexican-themed trimmings. In case you're thirsty, fried rice (fireball and rumchata) will whet your whistle while you peruse a menu of old world needs modern Mexican classic libations (margs and Manhattans made with molé sauce).
The Thirsty Crow's a new-yet-Grandfatherly-feeling, bourbon-centric bar located in the former ultra-ironic truck stop drinkery Stinkers', whose owner realized that his more-well-off-than-he-expected customers were ordering above the typical PBR/Jack paygrade, so he gutted the place and re-themed it, stocking the shelves with 40+ small-batch distills and installing antiques like an all-wood, all-vinyl jukebox, ancient lighting fixtures, weathered photographs, and even an old furnace, giving the entire two-room bar a feel he calls "post-war" and "timeless"... so, not post-war?
Sassafras is a cocktail bar located in Hollywood and steeped in a little thing called tradition and a Southern hospitality feel. Barrel aging cocktails is a process that has been used since the 1880s and this modern saloon believes, as you will too, that the results speak for themselves. Get ready for swing time!
Bigfoot's a Culver City brother to the same-named Los Feliz log cabin-themed bar, which was replicated on a soundstage for the film Yes Man; the wood from the set was then repurposed for the walls and the sides of the bar at the new spot.